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GDT: March 5th, Montreal at Phoenix. A new era starts tonight

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Montreal Canadiens (34-26-6-2) VS. Phoenix Coyotes (20-26-15-5)

Game Time: 9:00 PM EST, friday , March 5th.
Where: ALLTEL Ice Den
TV: Reseaux des Sports
Radio: Ckac AM 730



Will be the first and only Meeting this year: (Montreal (lifetime vs Phoenix) ?-?-?-?) If Someone could tell me where to find that kind of info, i would be gratefull
Last season
December 7th, 2002 - Habs 4, Coyotes 2(Go to Bottom for details)

Preview:Ok, Tonight is the night. Kovalev is in town (Phoenix) and the habs and Koivu are loaded with a top sniper... I'm guessing Koivu didn't sleep last night thinking of all the scoring chances missed in the passed that will now find the back of the net. As for the game in itself... well i don't care . Nah seriously can we continue with the intensity of the last period in San Jose tonight? i think we can.Might be a better game than we all expect... Phoenix will want to end that losing streak tonight and the habs will be pumped with their new friend in the line up. Let's cheer for the habs !!! good game to all.

News and Notes:
. The habs will Have to take care of 2 dangerous players in Shane Doan (22g-40a=62p) and Daymond Langkow (19g-28a=47p).
. Coyotes' last game was against the oilers (4-5 OTL).
. Ladislav Nagy (24g-28a=52p)(out for remainder of season), Tanabe (defenseman, IR) and Nazarov (day to day) are all injured.
. Mike Comrie has 8 points in 12 games with the Coyotes (1g-3a=4p in 6 games agaisnt Montreal).
. Since Bowness is coaching, they have lost 4 in a row.
. On the road, the Habs' record is (15-15-2-2),and (7-4-2-1) against the western conference.
. Brent Johnson is coming to Phoenix in return of Mike Sillinger (to St Louis).

*Special*


Alexei Kovalev,

Height 6' 2"
Weight 220
Shoots Left
Born Feb 24, 1973
TOGLIATTI, RUS

Kovalev's stats:
Code:
Season	Team	                GP	G	A	P	+/-	PIM	PP	SH	GW	GT	Shots	Pct
1992-1993	Rangers 	65	20	18	38	-10	79	3	0	3	1	134	14.9
1993-1994	Rangers 	76	23	33	56	18	154	7	0	3	0	184	12.5
1994-1995	Rangers 	48	13	15	28	-6	30	1	1	1	0	103	12.6
1995-1996	Rangers 	81	24	34	58	5	98	8	1	7	0	206	11.7
1996-1997	Rangers 	45	13	22	35	11	42	1	0	0	0	110	11.8
1997-1998	Rangers 	73	23	30	53	-22	44	8	0	3	1	173	13.3
1998-1999	Rangers 	14	3	4	7	-6	12	1	0	1	0	35	8.6
1998-1999	Penguins 	63	20	26	46	8	37	5	1	4	0	156	12.8
1999-2000	Penguins 	82	26	40	66	-3	94	9	2	4	1	254	10.2
2000-2001	Penguins 	79	44	51	95	12	96	12	2	9	1	307	14.3
2001-2002	Penguins 	67	32	44	76	2	80	8	1	3	2	266	12
2002-2003	Penguins 	54	27	37	64	-11	50	8	0	1	0	212	12.7
2002-2003	Rangers 	24	10	3	13	2	20	3	0	2	1	59	16.9
2003-2004	Rangers 	65	13	28	41	-5	48	3	0	0	1	177	7.3
NHL Totals	               836	291	385	676	-5	884	77	8	41	8	2,376	12.2
Kovalev's Comments on the trade:
"Q: What are your thoughts?

Alex Kovalev: Well to start, I donít know. You know, I have to do better than I did before. I came in and I was happy, and I wish I could have done better with this organization. But I guess it just didnít work for me. Maybe Iíll just work with a younger team. Maybe down the road, if something happens, Iíll get the chance to come back and do better. Right now, I donít want to hurt a team anymore and I guess itís just time for me to move, just go back and find what I was successful at. I think that Iím looking forward to seeing. Montreal is a young team and in the playoffs. Iíll get a chance to go back to the playoffs and try to be successful.

Q: Do you know why it didnít work here again?

Alex Kovalev: I donít know. I guess you try to take too much into your own hands and try to do too much and it didnít work out. Thereís a lot more guys here that are star players. I just didnít fit it. Thatís probably what I think. I just didnít fit in with this team. Maybe I will fit in better with a young team.

Q: Does it hurt? Are you shocked?

Alex Kovalev: I was expecting that they were going to trade me. They talked about it a lot, rumors have been around for a while about most of the guys, about Leetchie (Brian Leetch) and the other guys. But I knew that eventually I was going to go somewhere so I was ready for that. I tried to still play for this organization. You canít just stop playing, so I just kept working hard. Now I am just going to another team to continue to do my best.


New player



JIM DOWD 34,
Center

Height 6' 1"
Weight 190
Shoots Right
Born Dec 25, 1968
BRICK, NJ, USA

Code:
 Year  	Team  	GP	G	A	Pts	+/-	PIM	PPG	PPA	SHG	SHA	GW	GT	SOG	Pct  	 
 1991	NJD	1	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	.000	 
 1992	NJD	1	0	0	0	-1	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	1	.000	 
 1993	NJD	15	5	10	15	8	0	2	5	0	0	0	0	26	.192	 
 1994	NJD	10	1	4	5	-5	0	1	2	0	0	0	0	14	.071	 
 1995	NJD	28	4	9	13	-1	17	0	0	0	1	0	0	41	.098	 
 1995	VAN	38	1	6	7	-8	6	0	0	0	1	0	0	35	.029	 
 1996	NYI	3	0	0	0	-1	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	.000	 
 1997	CGY	48	6	8	14	10	12	0	1	1	0	0	0	58	.103	 
 1998	EDM	1	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	1	.000	 
 1999	EDM	69	5	18	23	10	45	2	5	0	0	1	1	103	.049	 
 2000	MIN	68	7	22	29	-6	80	0	7	0	1	0	1	92	.076	 
 2001	MIN	82	13	30	43	-14	54	5	17	0	0	1	0	111	.117	 
 2002	MIN	78	8	17	25	-1	31	3	7	1	0	2	0	78	.103	 
 2003	MIN	55	4	20	24	6	38	2	5	0	0	2	0	41	.098	 
 Career	 	497	54	144	198	-3	283	15	49	2	3	6	2	601	.090
Habs' Rumor of the moment:Witt (and Grier?) to Montreal for Hainsey (and a 2nd/3rd round pick?).(Long term); Other Rumors: Odelein or Luke Richardson.
Coyotes' Rumor of the moment:...Reconstructing...()

Hab's Injuries:
J. Bulis C
-Feb 24, 2004 -Day-to-Day -Sprained MCL
S. Souray D
-Feb 10, 2004 -Injured Reserve -Sprained MCL
N. Sundstrom W
-Mar 03, 2004 -Day-to-day -Post-concussion Symptoms
J. Dowd C
-Feb 10, 2004 -Injured Reserve -Left Knee


<table width="420" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="0" border="0"> <tbody><tr><td colspan="5" align="center" bgcolor="#FF0000" class="verw10">Teams Stats</td></tr><tr valign="top"><td><table border="0" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td colspan="2" height="14" class="verb10"> -Avg. Goals For</td></tr><tr><td valign="top"> </td><td class="verb10">Habs 2.52 (17th)</td></tr><tr><td></td><td class="verb10">Pho 2.50 (18th)</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" height="14" class="verb10"> -GA Avg</td></tr><tr><td valign="top"></td><td class="verb10">Habs 2.28 (6th)</td></tr><tr><td> </td><td class="verb10"> Pho 3.03 (28th)</td></tr></tbody></table></td><td width="10"><spacer type="block" width="10"></td><td><table border="0" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td colspan="2" height="14" class="verb10"> -Shots avg</td></tr><tr><td valign="top"></td><td class="verb10">Habs 27.8 (16th)</td></tr><tr><td> </td><td>Pho 26.3 (24th)</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" height="14" class="verb10"> -Save Perc.</td></tr><tr><td valign="top"></td><td class="verb10">Habs 91.9 (4th)</td></tr><tr><td> </td><td>Pho 90.1 (26th)</td></tr></tbody></table></td><td width="10"><spacer type="block" width="10"></td><td><table border="0" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td colspan="2" height="14" class="verb10"> -PP Perc</td></tr><tr><td valign="top"> </td><td class="verb10">Habs 17.8 (7th)</td></tr><tr><td></td><td class="verb10">Pho 15.3 (21st)</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" height="14" class="verb10"> -PK Pct.</td></tr><tr><td valign="top"></td><td class="verb10">Habs 81.2 (26th)</td></tr><tr><td> </td><td class="verb10">Pho 82.0 (23rd)</td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody> </table>


Bonus Stat: Winning Pct when leading after 1 period:
Habs .783 (8th),
Coyotes .450 (29th)

Leading Scorers:
Mike Ribeiro: 18 goals-37 assists=55 points
Michael Ryder: 19 goals-32 assists=51 points
Saku Koivu: 11 goals-33 assists=44 points

Code:
Individuals Leaders:
 Points	 M. Ribeiro	55 
 Goals	 R. Zednik	20 
 Assists M. Ribeiro	37 
 PIM	 D. Langdon	119

Habs' standing(Record of 34-26-6-2)


Code:
Northeast Division Standings:
Ottawa  	35-17-9-5  	84 
 Toronto 	36-19-9-3 	84
 Boston 	32-15-13-7 	84  
 Montreal 	34-25-6-2 	76 
 Buffalo 	29-30-6-1 	65
Code:
Eastern Conference Standings:
 1.  	* Tampa Bay  	66  	86  
 2. 	* Ottawa 	66 	84  
 3. 	* Philadelphia 	67 	84  
 4. 	Toronto 	67 	84  
 5. 	Boston 	        67 	84  
 6. 	New Jersey 	65 	78  
 7. 	Montreal 	68 	76  
 8. 	NY Islanders 	66 	73  
 ----------------------------------
 9. 	Buffalo 	66 	65  
 10. 	Florida 	67 	63  
 11. 	Atlanta 	67 	62  
 12. 	NY Rangers 	67 	58  
 13. 	Carolina 	65 	57  
 14. 	Washington 	66 	50  
 15. 	Pittsburgh 	67 	36
Code:
 Last Five Games
 Tue, Feb 24	Ottawa	        W 4-2 
 Thu, Feb 26	at Boston	W 3-2 OT
 Sat, Feb 28	Carolina	W 1-0 OT
 Mon, Mar 01    New Jersey      w 2-1 
 Wed, Mar 03    San Jose        L 3-4
My Worries: Doan and Langkow
or

Je me souviens (Last game against Phoenix.)
Code:
No Boxscore with detailed stats. Way too old... My Sources aren't going that far


Recap from last year
"--- Richard Zednik scored his team-high 13th goal as the Montreal Canadiens beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-2 Saturday night to end a four-game winless streak.

Randy McKay, Chad Kilger and Andreas Dackell had the other Montreal goals, and Mike Ribeiro had two assists.

Jeff Hackett made 29 saves for the Canadiens, who were 0-2-0-2 after a 7-6 overtime loss at Colorado on Friday. But they had another streak going -- a 1-0-2 mark in the last three games against Phoenix.

Tony Amonte cut the Coyotes' deficit to 4-1 late in the second period, and Branko Radivojevic scored for Phoenix with 2:41 remaining.

The Canadiens wasted little time jumping on the slumping Coyotes, 1-4-4-1 in their last 10 games and 2-7-3-1 at home.

Phoenix, desperate to reverse a trend of slow starts, outshot Montreal 7-1 in the first eight minutes, but Hackett handled all of the attempts.

At the other end, Patrick DesRochers stopped Craig Rivet's slap shot -- Montreal's second -- but lost his balance. Zednik scored when he scooped the rebound over the fallen goalie 9:01 in. It was the ninth time in 10 games Phoenix fell behind in the first period.

McKay beat DesRochers from the circle with 4:36 left in the period, and Kilger made it 3-0 with 1:55 to play when he swept down the left side and fired across into the net from the bottom of the circle.

Kilger's unassisted goal, which came against his former team, proved to be the game-winner.

The Coyotes switched goalies between the first and second periods. DesRochers left with seven saves, and Brian Boucher finished with 20.

Boucher was screened by teammate Radoslav Suchy when he allowed Dackell's goal 5:01 into the second period.

Amonte scored his eighth goal from high in the slot, firing a shot that deflected off the stick of a Montreal defenseman and into the top corner of the net."
---- Source, Yahoo.ca

Code:
Next 5 games
 Fri, Mar 5	at Phoenix	9:00 pm 
 Sat, Mar 6	at Los Angeles	10:00 pm 
 Mon, Mar 8	at Anaheim	10:30 pm 
 Thu, Mar 11	Florida	        7:30 pm
 Sat, Mar 13	Toronto	         7:00 pm
I'm posting this sooner to give some infos that will be usefull for the Betting thread (for example, Nagy won't be playing... he is on IR for the rest of the season...)
Sources: www.phoenixcoyotes.com, www.Yahoo.ca, www.canadiens.com, www.NHL.com, and Raider917


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